I’m all aboard the Airbnb train

Sunshine Coast Daily - - OPINION -

JUST as the con­tro­versy with ride-shar­ing apps starts to die down, it’s Airbnb which now has its head on the chop­ping block.

This week the on­line book­ing agency con­firmed they will fight plans to force Queens­land home own­ers to pay coun­cil-im­posed tourism levies when they rent their prop­er­ties out to hol­i­day-mak­ers.

This method seems a lit­tle ex­ces­sive but I can see both sides of the ar­gu­ment.

Last year I had my first Airbnb ex­pe­ri­ence.

I was in New Zealand for a two-week long road trip but in­stead of opt­ing for the hum­ble cam­per­van, it was Airbnb that took my fancy.

Over the two weeks we stayed in eight dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions – each stop made far more au­then­tic by the fact I ex­pe­ri­enced it from a res­i­dent’s home.

I was able to stay on a farm and help feed their an­i­mals.

I stayed in the mid­dle of nowhere and was able to ex­pe­ri­ence star-gaz­ing like noth­ing I’d ever seen be­fore.

This ex­pe­ri­ence and many more were an ex­ten­sion of my choice of Airbnb.

Af­ter all of my very pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences, I de­cided to take the gam­ble again in New York.

For the full Sex and the City ex­pe­ri­ence, I stayed in the Up­per East Side.

And I was able to af­ford this week of luxe-liv­ing be­cause of my good friend, Airbnb.

Be­cause of this, I am proudly pro-Airbnb but I can def­i­nitely un­der­stand its short­falls.

When I stayed with a friend at her Noosa Airbnb, a neigh­bour came over to re­quest we keep quiet.

“But we’re on hol­i­days,” we de­manded, an­gry at the au­dac­ity of the neigh­bour telling us to pipe down.

Look­ing back though, what an ab­so­lute headache for the neigh­bours who prob­a­bly had jobs to go to at 6am.

Neigh­bours who likely bought into the Noosa sub­urb only to have it in­un­dated with hol­i­day-mak­ers.

It’s a predica­ment where the res­o­lu­tion will only have losers. But with the big tourism ben­e­fits at play, coun­cils should tread care­fully.

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